Sunday, September 2, 2012

Oh Emm Gee! Voter Fraud is running rampant!

Well, it ain't in the great state of Texas. Here's why:

Even BEFORE our local republican asshats decided to turn this into some huge circus about how "voter fraud" was somehow some big huge mess and we needed to start forcing people to show ID at the polls, it was already next to impossible for a person to vote fraudulently in a manner that could be prevented by requiring a photo ID.

In Texas, one must submit EITHER a photo ID card issued by the state, or a valid voter registration card, showing that they were in fact registered to vote. Obviously, the ID card has the person's photo on it. The registration card does not.

However, in order to GET a voter registration card, you must provide one of the following:
TX driver license or ID card number
Social Security number
Individual Taxpayer ID number
A birth certificate
A utility bill, paycheck, or government check in your name with the correct address.
Any other form of ID proscribed by the Secretary of State

Of course, all of the information provided must prove that you are a legal resident in the state of Texas and are of legal voting age.

At this point, there is NO POSSIBLE WAY that a photo ID "at-the-polls" requirement will prevent an ineligible person to voting. If the state can't check voter registration rolls against a list of ineligible voters, an ineligible voter will remain on the voter registration roll...and all the ID in the world isn't going to help with this situation.

What do you need in order to get a photo ID card in Texas? Well, essentially, the same shit you have to show in order to get a voter registration card...official documents proving that you are who you say you are.

In conclusion, if you still think we actually need a "Voter Photo ID" law in Texas, you're a severely fucktarded individual who likely shouldn't be concerned with voting anyway.

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